Wattpad – An amazing source for writers to connect with readers

wattpadI am well on my way with plot development for my quest to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  The website for National Writing Month – http://nanowrimo.org/ has so much information…

In fact I just stumbled across this fantastic site called wattpad. I know it has a weird sounding name, but after you get over the name and into the site, you will see that it is a writers paradise.

The best thing about Wattpad is that it allows  writers to connect with readers and to find an audience for their work.

It is hard to believe that I am just now learning about Wattpad and it has been around since 2007.  Where on earth have I been?  Under a rock or something… This is just like gold for a new writer.

Wattpad according to Wikipedia:

Wattpad is a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems about anything either online or through the Wattpad app. The content includes work by undiscovered and published writers. Users are able to comment and like stories or join groups associated with the website. Around half of the users are U.S. based; most users also come from the U.K., Canada, the Philippines, Australia, United Arab Emirates and more.

Wattpad is based out of Toronto Canada and is taking the world by storm. It has been getting funding from sever angel investors and is constantly creating new avenues for writers to publish their work and get a following.  Let’s not forget about getting paid.  There are authors that have gotten publishing deals and movie deals, even as a first time author. This is wonderful news and inspiration for those writers who are often told that there is no money out there for writing.

The folks over at Wattpad tout that over 100 authors have gotten publishing deals from being on wattpad. A few examples include:

Authors: Beth Reekles (Random House), named one of Time magazine’s most influential teens in 2013; Abigail Gibbs (Harper Collins); Lillian Carmine (Harper Collins); Taran Matharu (Macmillan), a male writer in the fantasy genre; and Jordan Lynde (one book with Random House and one with Sourcebooks).

The most impressive deal for me is the deal by first time author, 25 year old, Anna Todd who received a six figure deal for her book from major heavy weight publisher, Simon & Shuster after she received over a billion views for her work on Wattpad. Now you think that is something, it gets even better for this 25 year old military wife.  Ms. Todd’s book “After” reportedly has been optioned by UTA.

Word of advice:  Writers – Do not listen to the naysayers. They are just jealous and want you to succumb to not reaching your dreams of finishing your work and getting published.  Just ignore them and keep believing that you can do it.. surround yourself with people that will encourage and inspire you.

I could not help but wonder how Amazon was working with this fantastic concept.  I was almost certain that they would be an avid supporter of this concept, since it does after all, support reading and writing, which is their bread and butter/ It just so happen that Amazon has come out with a competitor to Wattpad and it is in beta.

It was just announced in early October in an article on Tech Crunch by John Biggs, entitled  “Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad”

Of course there is more than enough room for multiple players in this writing space.  May the best platform win.

I accepted the Challenge – 50K Words in One Month – National Writing Month challenge-

NaMo National writing month

I took the first step towards my ultimate goal of being a published “author” by signing up for the challenge – writing a  50,000-word rough draft in the 30 days of November.

This will be my first time doing something structured like this…

I hope to share my progress on this blog and ultimately share my success.

If you are an aspiring writer, I suggest that you  check out the website by: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

 

It really sounds like fun.. I am really serious this time, what do I have to lose, if I actually accomplish this goal…

Thanks for your support during this writing quest.

An End of an Era – Saturday Morning Cartoons officially gone

photo credit - Looney Tunes Picture. ©1930 Warner Bros

photo credit – Looney Tunes Picture. ©1930 Warner Bros

I must say that I am surprised by this news that Saturday morning cartoons have been discontinued by all of the major networks.  As a child, which was many, many, many years ago, I loved Saturday morning cartoons. It was a great escape from a hectic week at school.

According to an article by Robert Sorokanich on Gizmodo – This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

For the first time in 50-plus years, you won’t find a block of animation on broadcast this morning. It’s the end of an era.

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Oscar De La Renta – A True Fashion Icon Remembered

Oscar De la Renta was a true fashion icon.  After a long stellar career that spanned over 50 years, he recently died after a long battle with cancer.  I believe that we should celebrate what he did for the fashion world.  His designs were truly legendary and classic  yet trendsetting.  Oscar De La Renta was a true visionary.

photo credit - WKTV

photo credit – WKTV

 

Many famous stars simply looked like royalty when wearing an Oscar De LaRenta gown.  Take a look at some of my favs that I am sure will be something that you will remember. [Read more...]

Inspirational Quote – Progress & Change – George B. Shaw

Change and Progress - George Bernard Shaw

Change and Progress
– George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

                                                                                                                   – George Bernard Shaw

If you want to be a writer – There is No Excuse – Start Blogging

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Quote: The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words”.
- William H. Gass

I am often amazed at how many people say they want to write, but do not know how to get started… In today’s world of the internet, there are so many opportunities… I personally love to write…I must confess, that I had more time to devote to writing on my personal blog more, but I do get my share of writing in for professional purposes…

This blog post was inspired by a great article I came  across on LinkedIn “You Are A Writer: Now Start Blogging” by Gina Schreck. This article resonated with me on so many levels.  It inspired me to share it with friends that have been whining and complaining about lack of opportunities for writers today.  As we all know, this is not the case.  There is a plethora of opportunities out there, if you want to get your name out there.

In the article, “You Are A Writer: Now Start Blogging”, Gina does an excellent job of laying a foundation of how to make it easier to get your writing on through blogging. There is a Sub headline -“Get that Blog Going for Inbound Marketing Power” that helps shape the article towards marketing, however, the article contains useful and practical information that can be used by anyone that wants to write and needs inspiration and guidance on how to make it happen. [Read more...]

How a 10 year old is inspiring millions for charity from a Lemonade Stand

Vivienne Harr - Make a Stand Lemonade

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makeastandlemonade via instagram

Have you heard about the amazing 10 year old Vivienne Harr that started with a lemonade stand and then took on silicon valley to raise millions?  It is totally inspiring to see that a simple concept of wanting to end child slavery and raise $100,000 could lead to raising millions… If you do not know her  name: Vivienne Harr is a name that should be in your lexicon.  We can’t leave out her dad, Eric Harr who is a social media professional guru that helped Vivienne’s campaign get off the ground.

The NY Times article – A 10-Year-Old’s Journey, From Lemonade Stand to Silicon Valley – by Steven D. Solomon regarding his visit to Silicon Valley’s Techmanity conference in San Jose, California, you can’t help but be impressed.

This story teaches the lesson that if you have a goal, regardless of your age or place in life, and you develop a plan and a good network of people, anything is possible. Believing in the impossible and not giving up is also critical to your success. [Read more...]

A few great quotes from Robin WIlliams

 

 

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photo credit: Robin Williams – Good Morning Vietnam

We lost Robin Williams this week… I can’t believe that he is gone… However, he did leave us with lots of great memories and a body of work that will last a lifetime to explore.

Robin Williams was a very witty man… Check out a few one liners from him.. They will make you laugh and make you cry… This shows you how powerful and strong words can be when used properly…

“We will miss you Robin Williams… May you find the peace you so richly deserve.”

 

 

Quotes from Robin Williams

  • “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
  • “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
  • “Reality: What a concept!”
  • “If you can find comedy that is personal, it will resonate more with the audience.”
  • “I love kids, but they are a tough audience.”
  • “What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.”
  • Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose
  • Comedy is acting out optimism.
  • Carpe per diem – seize the check.

Click on the following to read more quotes from Robin Williams

7 Quotes from Robin Williams, for Communicators – PR News

Quotes from Robin Williams – Brainy Quote

Cat Fight between Pet Food Makers Blue Buffalo and Purina

Purina vs. Blue Buffalo Lawsuit

Purina vs. Blue Buffalo Lawsuit

If you are a pet owner with a love for your pet’s health, you know that there are several choices on the market.  As a pet lover myself, I often watch pet food commercials with interest.  It is great to see how the large giants market pet food to the masses.

If you know anything about pet food, chances are that you have heard of Purina, or one of its brands such as Alpo or Chuck Wagon.  Growing up as a child, I simply loved these commercials. It is so funny, just the other day, a group of friends were talking about the commercial for Meow Mix…we were discussing the fact that we all remembered this commercial from yesteryear.  The power of advertising is strong, when your brand’s slogan and product has instant recall over a span of years.

This leads us into the big “cat fight” or lawsuit between Blue Buffalo and Purina, where the heart and soul of the case is advertising. According to an article in Business Week:

Blue Buffalo “is built on lies,” alleges Steven Crimmins, Purina’s normally even-tempered chief marketing officer for U.S. pet food. Although Bishop stresses his company is family run, “they’re owned by a big Wall Street firm [and] outsource all their manufacturing,” Crimmins says, not trying to disguise his indignation. “Their key ingredient claims aren’t true, and they have a history of exaggerating what their products do.”

I have no proof, but it sounds like someone is getting a little nervous about losing market share to a company that is considerably smaller. It must be serious, since the lawsuit has been going on for sometime. [Read more...]

An Inspiring Landscape Photographer – Debbie Ballantine

I am passionate about photography.  I just adore and admire great photographers that can capture the essence of a subject and transport you into the photograph.  Thinking about it just gives me goose bumps all over… Photographers are special…

I recently came across an inspiring landscape photographer: Debbie Ballantine, from California. Her work is truly breathtaking, because it captures the essence of nature in the most truest form.

Debbie Ballantine’s website” Native Heart Landscapes, she displays links to her magnificent nature photographs. One right after the other, they are simply amazing…. Her DLSR – A100 camera helps her take breathtaking photos…

In the photo -Queen Butterfly on Desert Lavender – The colors of the butterfly are so realistic

Photo Credit Debbie Ballentine -

Photo Credit Debbie Ballantine -

Queen butterfly on Desert lavender

Queen butterfly on Desert lavender

 

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